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Peace Love and Planet, Inc. - your local answer to recycling garden plastics

Peace, Love & Planet, Inc. (PLP) initiated a plastic recycling program to prevent garden plastic from entering Michigan landfills and promote sustainability in our community. You can drop off your garden plastic pots and trays at convenient locations, such as the Plymouth Nursery, for recycling. You can also volunteer an hour or two to help prepare plastic for recycling on Saturday, October 10 from 10am to noon at Christensen's Plant Center, 6282 Gotfredsen Rd., Plymouth Township, MI 48170.

Michigan Helping Hand Website

The Michigan Helping Hand site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need. You can find information about jobs and training, unemployment benefits, health care, family support and housing. CPL has also put together (along with other members of the Metro Net Library Consortium) a checklist to help those that are facing unemployment and feeling overwhelmed by the recession. Tough Times - Library Lifelines is a list of resources to help you: file for unemployment, find affordable health insurance, find a new job, keep your home, maintain and repair your credit plus find additional assistance.

Bottomfeeder...you'll never look at fish the same way

If you, like many of us these days, are on a quest to learn more about the food you consume -- where it comes from, how it is produced, what is in it, and if it is sustainably obtained -- you may want to read Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe. However, if you really love fish (and I do) be aware that it may change your fish consumption drastically. Shrimp is something I will now eat only on very special occasions.

Quagga Mussels Invading Great Lakes

Although the zebra mussel is better known to the public, over the past decade it has largely been displaced in Lake Michigan by the quagga mussel, according to an article in the online magazine Michigan Today. Each quagga and zebra mussel filters about a quart of water a day—and there are billions of them in Lake Michigan alone. The result is startlingly clear water that delights recreational boaters but disturbs scientists because the water has been stripped of life-supporting algae.

Bus Route Coming to Canton in August

Another way to green your life! The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's A2Express will begin routes to Canton effective August 24, 2009. The Canton Express route will provide commuter service from Canton to Ann Arbor on weekdays. The buses serve two locations in Canton including Independence Park and Cherry Hill Village. Visit the AATA website for information regarding schedules, bus stops, commuter parking, fares, tickets and passes.

Dian Slavens to Host Green Town Hall at CPL on Thursday

State Representatives Dian Slavens (D-Canton) and Marc Corriveau (D-Northville) will hold a special green town hall meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 6pm in the Community Room. They will share information about job opportunities in new and emerging industries like renewable energy. Slavens and Corriveau will be joined by Liesl Clark, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. No registration is necessary.

Wind Turbines Available at Ace Hardware Stores in the Fall?

According to greentechmedia.com, a small rooftop wind turbine will be available in the fall from ACE Hardware. The Honeywell Wind Turbine, produced by EarthTronics (a Muskegon, Michigan-based company) is being advertised as an affordable wind turbine at an estimated MSRP of $4,500 (plus $1,500 installation fee) and can produce power from winds that range in speed from two miles per hour to 45 miles per hour.

Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics

Greenpeace International has released its annual "Guide to Greener Electronics" which ranks the 17 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Greenpeace provides a score for each company from 1 - 10 (10 being the best) with a brief explanation. If you can't get enough of green technology resources, check out what CPL has to offer.

May We Suggest a Great Read?

Children, tweens, teens and adults can get customized book recommendations from CPL librarians by simply filling out a May We Suggest form. This great service provides you with personalized reading recommendations based on information you provide us in the form. Don't have time to fill out a form but still want some suggestions for a great read? Check out our May We Suggest blog. Photo courtesy of AP Photo.

Displaced Worker Assistance

U.S. Representative John Dingell’s office has compiled a guidebook entitled, "Displaced Worker Assistance and Training Opportunities Guidebook," which includes information on unemployment benefits, food stamps, foreclosure assistance, job training programs and more.

Tough Times - Library Lifelines

With the GM bankruptcy and related layoffs, there is no question that the people of Michigan are going through some tough times and are wondering where to turn. That is why CPL has joined with other members of the Metro Net Library Consortium to develop a checklist to help those that are facing unemployment and feeling overwhelmed by the recession. Tough Times - Library Lifelines is a list of resources to help you: file for unemployment, find affordable health insurance, find a new job, keep your home, maintain and repair your credit plus find additional assistance.

Green and Comedy Go Hand in Hand

The Goode Family is an obsessively “green” family who live a politically correct lifestyle. They are continually trying to do “good” things like reusing shopping bags, driving hybrid cars, recycle and generally maintain a small footprint - much to the annoyance of everyone around them.

The Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2009

What's the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2009 about? The EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest "that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." Entries need to be by a team of at least 2 people from different generations. Teams can be of people who are related or not related to one another.

2009 Green Street Fair

The Second Annual Green Street Fair will return to the streets of Downtown Plymouth on May 1, 2 and 3, 2009. The City of Plymouth has approved the extension of the event from a two-day event in 2008 to a three-day event in 2009 beginning Friday, May 1 and ending on Sunday, May 3. Admission is FREE.